This began a stretch of about eleven kilometers through hamlets and farmland, up and down shallow river valleys, and through forests of eucalyptus and pine. The afternoon temperature was at least 22°C, and although there was plenty of shade in the forests, I really felt the sun in the open. Each of the short climbs from the streams was a struggle. I didn’t know if the sun was affecting me, but the hamlets looked very similar, and again, I lost track of them… From Page 187, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. With that said, I will apologize in advance if I have a hamlet or two misnamed in the photos of this post.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I left Arzúa, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
This may be a little confusing as I will now include photos from both my Camino Francés and my Camino del Norte. If you don’t know, the 860 kilometer Camino del Norte joins the Camino Francés in Arzúa. I’ll still concentrate on my spring Francés and indicate which photos are from my summer del Norte. On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Ribadiso to Arzúa, I visited Arzúa in the middle of a warm spring day on my Camino Francés and stayed there the night on my Camino del Norte. These horses and riders rested in the shade just outside Arzúa.
The Camino followed this path through forests and…
alongside farmland. Here, the afternoon sun zapped my energy and I took advantage of the shade from each tree. I would stop and rest at each shaded area before moving on.
Alongside walls of fern and other short shrubs (taken on my del Norte).
Overlooking one of the communities on the outskirts of Arzúa.
Back into a eucalyptus forest mixed with deciduous trees.
A bit of a rest stop. Pilgrims, please use the garbage bins.
The first café after Arzúa during the much busier August.
Made it… at least to the 30 km bollard.
A towering forest of eucalyptus. Did you know the eucalyptus is not native to Spain and was brought here from Australia in the mid 1800s? The thought was eucalyptus would be used for building materials which isn’t the case. Instead, the eucalyptus thrived and encroached on other native species such as oak and pine. One thing is for certain, the eucalyptus forests were great for shade on the warmer days.
Who is this goofy looking guy?
I believe this bar is in the hamlet of Calle.
Although I often had concerns with dogs on the Camino, these little guys were harmless.
From my del Norte, this is either in Calle or Salceda.
Another small farming community off the Camino.
In Salceda, a memorial for a fallen pilgrim.
The memorials always made me think. As I wrote in my book, “Nobody came to the Camino expecting to die.”
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop in Salceda. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Salceda to Arca O Pino, I’ll fight the afternoon heat on my Camino Francés, and after walking the relatively quiet Camino del Norte, be overwhelmed by the number of pilgrims during the summer. Hey cyclists, please slow down! I don’t know how many times I was almost run over. Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.